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Films on Demand is now available to all Los Rios students and faculty! This database provides over 20,000 videos that can be streamed in full or clip-by-clip. You’ll find the link you need on the Research Databases page.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand features videos from many top producers of educational video content, including PBS, the BBC, NOVA, and Frontline.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years WikiSecretsJazz: A Film by Ken Burns

You’ll also find Films on Demand titles while using OneSearch; however, what is listed in OneSearch may be slightly out of date, so for the best selection we recommend going directly to the Films on Demand website and searching there.

We expect that one of the primary ways Films on Demand will be used is instructors assigning films or clips in classes. You’ll be able to do so by posting links to the program, using the Record URL found on the program’s page (not the search results page).

Record URL on detailed record page

Even easier, in D2L and Canvas you can insert clips into your courses without leaving your course shell. More info will be coming on that score from Distance Ed and Instructional Development. For now, take a look at the vendor’s quick start guide, which has good info on creating a personal account to create folders you can share with students.

Looking to make some rapid progress in your research? Librarians now offer 30-minute appointments where you can get great tips on finding and using the best resources available for your particular topic.

If you have no experience at all using the library, you should start with a library workshop or our online tutorial, PILOT (especially modules 3 & 4). For going beyond the basics, give these appointments a try!

More info is available at our Research Appointments page.

Also remember:

  • Librarians are always available at the Research Help Desk—on-demand help, no appointment necessary
  • We’re also available via email, instant messaging and social media
  • Start your research early; you never know where it will take you
  • For writing help, contact the Writing Center

Tax season is upon us… A time when we find that we all could probably be managing our money better. Get some tips, and explore the larger issues, in the books currently on display on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
Books on display at the 2nd floor of the LRC

By the way, CRC will be hosting free drop-in tax preparation sessions for the next few Fridays. They do this every year! See details (PDF file).

Here are the books in our display:

Wondering what’s come in lately? Wonder no more. Our latest new books & DVDs list includes titles we received from November 2015 through the end of January. You can browse these by call number area or search by keyword. Click a title or book jacket to find its record in OneSearch and place a request. If you find a list of titles you like, click the email icon at the top to send yourself the list.

Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it by Kate Harding. The trouble with post-Blackness edited by Houston A. Baker and K. Merinda Simmons To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent Mosco The republic of imagination : a life in books by Azar Nafisi The Peripheral by William Gibson Ida, a film by Paweł Pawlikowski

We post shorter lists of new books weekly, and new DVDs monthly. You’ll find those at the main New Books & DVDs page. You can get new books via email as well.

Guess the winners and you could win two movie passes! Entry forms available at the Academy Awards display on the 2nd floor of the LRC (look for the reels of film) and in the Instructional Media room on the first floor.
Film with dvds in the background

Did you know the library’s DVD collection has over 250 Oscar winners ready for checkout?

Study up on the nominees, and get your entry in before Oscar night (Feb. 28).

To be successful, you need to work with information. LIBR courses will help you succeed. This Spring we are offering the following courses:

Full Term

LIBR 325: Internet Research Skills (3 units)
This course is a full introduction to online information resources. Learn to use the tools you have available to their fullest extent.

First 8-week term

LIBR 318: Library Research and Information Literacy (1 unit)
Step-by-step help in understanding how to do college-level research.

Second 8-week term

LIBR 307: Medical Information Resources (.5 units)
If you are thinking about studying anything health-related, take this course.

Find more info in the Class Schedule, and also explore our Library & Information Technology program, which offers a Certificate and Associate’s degree.

Sacramento City College Faculty AuthorsOur current display features Sacramento City College faculty novelists, poets, playwrights and editors. Come browse the collection at your leisure; but don’t wait too long, since we’ll close for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 17.

Want to check something out for the break? Employees and continuing students can borrow items and not have to return them until Wednesday, January 20.

For a list of books in the display, see the list below.
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This Friday, November 20 in LR105, be part of International Games Day @ Your Library from 1-5 pm. An assortment of games, including Timeline, Star Fluxx, Sushi Go, Munchkin: Treasure Hunt, Trophy Buck, EcoFluxx and Choose One, will be on hand and ready to play!
International Games Day @ Your Library

This is a world-wide event. So join the global community and get your game on this Friday! Students, faculty, staff are all welcome.

Library display. Poster says "I can't remember the title, but the cover was blue."
Librarians hear this sort of thing a lot. In fact, as I was starting to write this, a student told me that he couldn’t remember a book’s title or author but could picture it in his mind. At first it’s funny, because you can’t search our catalogs by color. But then, books have covers for a reason (even if you can’t judge a book by its cover, though we all know that sometimes you can).

Blue might not be mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, but it gets around the English language. Take a look at the Oxford English Dictionary entry—it’s an endless scroll, encompassing melancholy, obscenity, sensuality, surprise.

So, whatever your mood as skies get greyer this month, stop by and check out a blue book from our display on the second floor of the LRC.

Michael Graves, buildings and projects, 1995-2003. edited by Karen Nichols Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education by Diane Ravitch

Imagining Black America by Michael Wayne. Edible : an adventure into the world of eating insects and the last great hope to save the planet by Daniella Martin Blasphemy by Sherman AlexieUkraine : an illustrated history by Paul Robert Magocsi.

Here’s a list of titles included in our November Blue books display:

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